After a decade-long slog through Congress, the House and Senate have passed the nation’s first federal law prohibiting employers and insurance companies from discriminating against individuals on the basis of genetic information, a protection critics have called “a remedy in search of a problem.”
President Bush said he plans to sign the Genetic Information Non-Discrimination Act (GINA), which the Senate passed unanimously on April 24. The House of Representatives approved the measure on May 1 with just one dissenting vote.
GINA prohibits employers from firing, refusing to hire or otherwise discriminating against people on the basis of any genetic predisposition. The law makes it illegal for employers to ask or require employees or job applicants to provide genetic testing results, and prohibits them from trying to buy such information. Violators would be subject to compensatory and punitive damages.
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